Nobel Peace Prize: Ethiopia PM Abiy Ahmed wins

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Since taking office in April 2018 after the resignation of Hailemariam Desalegn following three years of street unrest, Abiy has announced a series of reforms that hold the promise of fundamentally changing the country of some 100 million people.

"The Committee hopes that the Nobel Peace Prize will strengthen Prime Minister Abiy in his important work for peace reconciliation", it also said.

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2019 was awarded to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali of Ethiopia for his work toward peace.

With the glory comes a 9-million kronor ($918,000) cash award, a gold medal and a diploma.

He was recognised for starting peace talks with Eritrea and establishing a peace agreement to end the long stalemate between the two countries. The Norwegian Nobel Committee believes it is now that Abiy Ahmed's efforts deserve recognition and need encouragement.

Last year Abiy and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki formally restored relations, ending 20 years of enmity and severed ties between the East African nations, and citizens from both counties immediately began phoning each other to get back in touch.

Since 1901, 99 Nobel Peace Prizes have been handed out to individuals and 24 organisations.

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The revamped panel at the Swedish Academy who will hand out the Nobel literature prizes Thursday Oct. 10, 2019, for both 2018 and 2019 would relish arguments about the winners, rather than intrigue about the #MeToo scandal that forced the institution to suspend the prize a year ago.

The committee had to choose from more than 300 nominations this year. "As Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed has sought to promote reconciliation, solidarity and social justice".

The announcement was made at a press conference at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo.

The 2019 prize was awarded to Austrian novelist Peter Handke, a choice that has sparked outrage because of his vocal support of Serbs during the bloody collapse of the former Yugoslavia.

With the exception of the prize for economics, which is to be awarded next week, all the Nobel prizes were established by the Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel (1833-96), the inventor of dynamite.

All the Nobel winners will be presented with their prizes on Dec 10, on the anniversary of Nobel's death.

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